Crioulo, Upper Guinea

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A language of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names
Guinea-Bissau Creole, Guinea-Bissau Kriyol, Kriulo, Kriyol, Portuguese Creole
Population

232,000 in Guinea-Bissau (2014 J. Leclerc), increasing. L2 users: 600,000 in Guinea-Bissau. Total users in all countries: 1,031,100 (as L1: 411,100; as L2: 620,000).

Location

Widespread.

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Language Status

5 (Dispersed). De facto language of national identity.

Dialects

Bissau-Bolama Creole, Bafatá Creole, Cacheu-Ziguinchor Creole. Lexical similarity: with Kabuverdianu [kea].

Language Use

Home, work, church, government. All ages. Also use Portuguese [por]. Used as L2 by Balanta-Kentohe [ble], Bayot [bda], Bidyogo [bjg], Jola-Felupe [eja], Mankanya [knf], Soninke [snk].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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